Julia Bachtrögler is an economist at WIFO and has been working in the research group "Structural Change and Regional Development" since 2018. Prior to this, she worked as a research assistant and PhD student at the Vienna University of Economics and Business for four years. Her research focuses on issues of regional and urban economics, in particular the analysis of economic policy measures in the regional context, regional development and convergence. In these areas she is currently working as a project manager and collaborator on projects for national and international clients. During her PhD studies, she dealt with the evaluation of the EU cohesion policy, whereby the research focus laid on the influence of the financial and economic crisis on its effectiveness and the estimation of the effects on the individual beneficiaries. In addition, she gained further experience in the field of impact analysis of EU funding in two OECD projects. For her dissertation she was awarded the Hanns Abele Prize, the Stephan Koren Award and the FIW Award for outstanding dissertations in 2019.
Jan 2021: Contribution to Lab Session "Smart specialisation: linking global challenges to local implementation" at 3rd ERSA-JRC Winter School 2021, "EU Research & Innovation Funding Schemes: Using Project-level Data for Monitoring & Evaluation".
Oct 2020: Session Chair at #EURegionsWeekUniversity: Pandemics, Cities, Regions and Industry, 18th European Week of Regions and Cities.
March 2020: COVID-19 crisis in Austria - Regional Differences in the Economic Vulnerability.
2019: Keynote and participation in panel discussion at "Europa Club Vienna: Cohesion Policy and EU Scepticism - Promoting Regions, Strengthening Trust?", Haus der Europäischen Union, Vienna.
2018: Keynote “Distribution and effects of EU regional funds in European regions”, Bürgerforum Europa, Vienna.